These days, it seems, everyone wants to bed a vampire. Forget Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, a hideous foreigner intent on taking the life and the virtue of nineteenth-century English ladies. Today’s vampires, like True Blood’s Bill Compton and Twilight’s Edward Cullen, are portrayed as crush-worthy hunks. Their combination of unearthly beauty, perfect chivalry and dangerous nature make them irresistible to women.
Bill, Edward and co. are the stuff of fiction, but there is, in fact, a community of people who identify as vampires and existed long before the current pop culture craze. So what’s it like to date a real-life vampire? To talk about that, first you have to know a little about vampires.
I was VERY impressed with this article. It was obvious to me while reading it that Mr. Laycock had done his homework and it wasn’t until the end of the article that I realized why he seemd so knowledgable on a typically misinformed and sensationalized subject. In May of this year Joseph Laycock’s book Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism was released. Mr. Laycock conducted extensive interviews with modern day vampires across the country to uncover what it’s really like to live this often lonely and misjusged lifestyle and he did an exemplory job of it in my opinion.
With the popularity of things like Twilight and True Blood the romantic and sexual appeal of the vampire has reached a fever pitch unlike any ever seen before. No more are they a creature to be feared but now rather have become a conquest and an overwhelming desire. There are even books on how to date a vampire, How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-By-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful by Diana Laurence and the upcoming How to Date a Vampire by Sophie Collins.
For further reading on real life vampires I highly recommend Vampires in Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices by Michelle Belanger and The Ethical Psychic Vampire by Raven Kaldera.